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Rolling Stone: Prince ranks No. 2 on list of today's best live acts

Posted by: Jon Bream under Music, Culture wars, Minnesota musicians, Seen elsewhere: Neat stuff Updated: August 1, 2013 - 1:10 AM

 

 

Prince/ Photo by Kevin Mazur/ Wire Image

Prince is No. 2 again. Rolling Stone named Bruce Springsteen the king of current live concert performers, with Prince second and the Rolling Stones third.

You’ll recall this summer Entertainment Weekly cited Prince’s “Purple Rain” as the second greatest album of all time. But we digress.

Rolling Stone assembled 24 music-biz insiders to cast votes including managers Irving Azoff and Jon Landau, several promoters including two from the Bowery Presents, the music booker for “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” three music journalists including two from Rolling Stone and a bunch of artists, including two members of Fall Out Boy, both Tegan & Sara, Trey Anastasio of Phish, Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, Lars Ulrich of Metallica, Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes.
 
Cliff Burnstein of Q Prime Management which works with Metallica, Muse, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Josh Groban, among others, said of Prince: "He's a better guitarist than you are. He's a better singer than you are. He can dance better than you. His songs are better than yours. You might have a better jump shot, though."
 
Rounding out the Top 10 were Arcade Fire, Neil Young, Jay-Z, Radiohead, Jack White, Rage Against the Machine and My Morning Jacket.
 
Here’s a link to Rolling Stone’s list of the 50 greatest live acts now.
 
 
 

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